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Presidential: rallies and war of nerves on the weekend menu. Rallies to the right were on the agenda of the presidential campaign on Saturday: Valérie Pécresse (LR) seeing herself dubbed by the Centrists then the UDI, while Eric Zemmour (Reconquest) snatched new support from Marine Le Pen (RN), Gilbert Collard in the lead, stoking their merciless fight. On the left, Anne Hidalgo (PS), tested by the bad polls and the soap opera of the Popular Primary, promised during her third big meeting, in Aubervilliers, not to “to resign oneself to difficulty”.
Entry into force of the vaccination pass. You could say it looks like a gas plant. We can also bet on the agility shown by the French (anti-vaccines excepted) since the start of the pandemic. As complicated as it is, the vaccination pass, adopted after a chaotic parliamentary course, comes into force Monday morning. Published in the Official Journal on Sunday, the law introducing the vaccination pass for people aged 16 gives the details of the device and specifies the differences with the health pass.
Death of Jean-Claude Mézières, the inventor of the saga Valerian and Laureline. An authentic space cowboy with a rattling voice has just disappeared. A founding father of modern science fiction, in comics but also in cinema, which he enormously inspired. Jean-Claude Mézières was 83 years old, he died in the night from Saturday to Sunday. Read the portrait signed Marius Chapuis.
Bourdin contests his sidelining of BFM and RMC. For “not to harm the daily operation of BFMTV and RMC”Jean-Jacques Bourdin, targeted by an investigation for sexual assault, is removed from the antenna “temporarily” after the complaint filed by a former journalist and collaborator of the star presenter. The television and radio host regretted this “unilateral decision of the BFMTV and RMC group”. In a press release sent to AFP by his lawyer, he deplores “that the principle of the presumption of innocence be ignored”.
An X-ray of a Bataclan victim at auction? The AP-HP takes legal action. A Paris hospital professor has put up for sale, for more than 2,270 dollars, on an online auction site, a radio of a survivor of the November 13 attacks on which you could see a Kalashnikov bullet. Martin Hirsch, director of the AP-HP, denounced “odious behavior” and announced to seize justice and the Council of the order.
Francis Ngannou MMA world champion. In Anaheim (California) this Sunday, “Bon Gamin” thought it was entering the big leagues. But Ciryl Gane, a Frenchman with a meteoric trajectory, was unable to stall the decisive attack. The one that would have allowed him to place France once and for all on the world map of MMA. He will end up leached by the “Predator” Francis Ngannou, whose power as the fight goes by seems unrivaled. Winner by unanimous decision of the judges – 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 – the Cameroonian, 35, keeps his world champion belt and remains, in the eyes of UFC aficionados – number 1 organization in MMA – the strongest man in the world.
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An ex-surveillance mercenary comes out. A former member of the French intelligence services, Guilhem Giraud worked for the company Amesys in Libya then as an “adviser” in a Gulf State. He now intends to warn about the excesses of a surveillance industry that has made him live for fifteen years. Our story.
Gus Van Sant: “Andy Warhol anticipated the culture of streaming”. With Trouble…, filmmaker Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Harvey Milk…) arrives at the theater by staging young actors who retrace the life of the pop art icon. He tells how the painter influenced his work and how his prophecies turned out to be correct. Read the interview.
Zemmour overmediatizes his little “union of the rights”. Zemmour in the streets of Cannes is a bit like Jesus Christ reappearing in Bethlehem. With many more pensioners and far-right people. Saturday morning, there is an atmosphere of almost religious fervor at the Provençal market of Forville, a stone’s throw from the Croisette. The far-right candidate has appeared in the city of the Alpes-Maritimes with his recent rallies, from LR like Guillaume Peltier or from the RN like Gilbert Collard. Read the report by Nicolas Massol.
Guillaume Lacroix, in the shadow of Taubira. The boss of the Left Radicals, former adviser to Matignon for Valls and Cazeneuve, is now the political adviser to the former Keeper of the Seals, who is embarking on a new presidential adventure. His profile.